Before it was called American Housewife, another proposed title for the ABC family sitcom starring Katy Mixon was The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport. Longtime fans of the show may recall that the series’ pilot focused on Mixon’s Katie Otto (Mixon) dealing with becoming the “second-fattest housewife in Westport” after the previous title-holder moved out of town. Katie has contended with body image issues since, but that original plotline is coming back in full force this season.
In the upcoming season 3 episode “Body Image,” the previous “fattest housewife” in Westport gets plastic surgery to lose weight. This leads Katie’s rival Chloe Brown Mueller (Jessica St. Clair) to brag that Katie has now assumed that title. Katie retaliates by trying to dig up bad photos of Chloe from high school but then realizes that her actions are becoming a bad influence on daughters Taylor (Meg Donnelly) and Anna-Kat (Julia Butters), encouraging them to think too much about their outward appearance.